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Work-life balance in healthcare: The fundamentals
By Catherine Iste
People in careers that revolve around helping others are often the worst at maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Healthcare workers are some of the most challenged employees when it comes to self-care, yet they spend every day helping others with health challenges. It seems to be a common personality trait among those driven to help others that they put others first. Yet time and again we have all seen that if we take care of ourselves, we can actually help others more.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES


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Join the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee

The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact info@anamass.org for more information
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New Graduate Board of Directors Position
Looking for New Graduates to serve a one year position on the ANA Massachusetts Board of Directors as a New Graduate Member. These directors shall be members who have been licensed as registered nurses for five (5) years or less. Please forward a Declaration of Interest Form, click here, to info@ANAMass.org and djeffery@ANAMass.org no later than June 1.
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Senator Eileen Donoghue and Representative Kay Khan filed bills on behalf of ANA Massachusetts
The bills would create a seat for a registered nurse on the MA Health Policy Commission, the very important government body integral to health care in the Commonwealth. The hearing for the bill is scheduled for June 3. Please be sure to contact your representatives to let them know how important this bill is to nurses in Massachusetts.
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Vote ANA leaders to '100 Most Influential' list
In a great start to the week, Pam Cipriano and Marla Weston have both made the ballot for Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” ranking! Starting today, you can vote here for the five nominees you believe should make the final list of the "100 Most Influential."

We encourage you to vote for nurse leader nominees. Recognizing nurse leaders in the “Most Influential” rankings is an excellent way to elevate the contributions of the profession. Voting closes Friday, June 26. Later this week, we’ll provide more resources to assist you in spreading the word and “getting out the vote.” Thanks!

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Now Open: Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions on ANA Committees and Boards
In 2014 the ANA Committee on Appointments (COA) adopted streamlined processes, including the implementation of an annual Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions. The general call for nominations for appointive positions on ANA committees and boards is now open until 5 p.m. ET on Friday July 31, 2015. A separate Call for Nominations for the ANCC Board of Directors was launched in March and continues to be open until 5:00pm ET on Monday, June 1.
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Joint Alert from Division of Health Professions Licensure
In response to The National Transportation Safety Board safety study, Drug Use Trends in Aviation: Assessing the Risk of Pilot Impairment the Board of Registration in Dentistry, the Board of Registration in Nursing, Board of Registration in Pharmacy, and the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants, on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Health Professions Licensure issued a joint alert regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in November, 2014.
Click here to find an update to that original alert.

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MA nursing education transfer policy finalized
Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, nurses and nursing students seeking to advance their educations at Massachusetts public colleges and universities will benefit from a more streamlined and less expensive process for transferring credits. The recently finalized Nursing Education Transfer Policy (NETP) creates a seamless, cost-effective, timely, and transparent pathway for students to progress from community college Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at a state university or UMass.
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The American Nurses Association urges Congress to prevent nurse injuries
ANA
The American Nurses Association (ANA), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and healthcare safety experts urged healthcare employers to implement common-sense, comprehensive programs to protect healthcare workers from career-ending injuries, and safeguard patients from falls at a briefing on Capitol Hill. “Nurses and healthcare workers experience the highest rate of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses, including the manufacturing and construction industries."
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Revised Advisory Ruling 9204: Infusion Therapy
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
At the May 13, 2015 Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) meeting, the Board issued revisions to Advisory Ruling 9204: Infusion Therapy to ensure compliance with current statutes, regulations and scope of practice standards. The Advisory Ruling guides Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses whose practice may include infusion therapy through vascular or intra-osseous access.
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


What it means to be a 'virtual nurse'
mHealthNews
Nursing has evolved over the past few decades. The commonly perceived view of the nurse at the bedside, monitoring a patient’s vital signs or assisting physicians during rounds, has changed. With the advent of new digital technologies in healthcare, such as telehealth and remote monitoring tools, today’s nurse can be practically virtual. As we look back on the recent celebration of International Nurses Day, I want to shed some light on what it takes to be a virtual nurse.
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Is nursing really for everyone?
By Joan Spitrey
Nursing student Jennifer Burbella recently filed a lawsuit against Misericordia University after failing a required class for the second time. The lawsuit claims she suffered from severe anxiety, depression and poor concentration and was not given appropriate accommodations during her final exam. This story has created a firestorm of opinions. But most seem to come back to the same questions — Is nursing really for everyone? Just because someone "wants" to be a nurse, is he/she really cut out for the occupation?
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Many hospitals failing when it comes to nurse safety, Leapfrog report finds
Healthcare Finance
While awareness over nurse safety has grown, a new survey by The Leapfrog Group found 40 percent of hospitals fail to comply with all 21 endorsed safe practices in the field. “Nurses provide the majority of patient care in hospitals and are critical to the safety and quality of any hospital,” Leapfrog said in its report.
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Thank you, nurses
The Huffington Post
While much of healthcare is focused on physician quality measures, data show that good nursing care significantly impacts quality of care. For example, when administrators are forced to cut nursing staff to save money, it increases the workload for nurses and impacts quality. One 2007 study (Weisman) found that a "10 percent increase in number of patients assigned to a nurse leads to a 28 percent increase in adverse events such as infections, medication errors and other injuries."
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Insomniacs may be more sensitive to pain
HealthDay News
People with insomnia or poor sleep quality may be less tolerant of pain, new research suggests. The more frequent and severe the insomnia, the greater the sensitivity to pain, the Norwegian study showed. Additionally, the researchers noted that people with insomnia who also suffer from chronic pain have an even lower threshold for physical discomfort.
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Fall-related deaths nearly doubled for US seniors since 2000
HealthDay News
The number of American seniors who die from fall-related injuries has nearly doubled since 2000, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals. The observation is based on an analysis of death rate information compiled by the National Vital Statistics System between 2000 and 2013. The report specifically noted that while roughly 30 seniors in every 100,000 died following a fall in 2000, that figure jumped to nearly 57 per 100,000 by 2013.
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Nurses connect the dots between data and better patient care
Health Data
Maria Laylo, a nurse in Hematology/Oncology, was in her first year of nursing when her manager mentioned a research opportunity through St. Michael’s nursing research program. “I had never done research or quality improvement before, so I volunteered,” said Laylo. “It looked like a good opportunity for a new nurse like me to learn and make a change in our unit.” The Knowledge Translation of Performance Data for Frontline Nurses and Leaders Project (known as PERFORM KT) connects front-line nurses with research mentors and provides monthly education sessions. With this support and some dedicated backfill time, nurses analyze and use their unit’s performance data to identify and plan improvements to care.
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Scientists are closing in on the root cause of schizophrenia
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Schizophrenia was once thought to be just a catch-all term for forms of mental behavior that we don't understand. In fact, however, schizophrenia is a diagnosis that describes a psychiatric illness characterized by impairments in the perception or expression of reality. These impairments most commonly manifest as auditory hallucinations, paranoid delusions or disorganized talking and thinking in the context of significant social or occupational dysfunction.
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Helping front-line nurses help suicidal patients
Medical Xpress
Assessing an individual's risk of suicide is a challenging task for nurses. Due to their front-line role in the healthcare system, nurses are usually the first health professionals to assess if an individual is at risk of suicide. "Risk assessments are complex and require sophisticated nursing skills," says Santa Mina. "Generally, suicide is a taboo topic to discuss and suicide risk is often fluid. Although there are rating scales that attempt to quantify risk level, their numeric, linear approach provides limited understanding of an individual's context that identifies one who is at risk of taking his or her life."
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Welcome to the ER: Nurses discuss life in the emergency room
WCF Courier
No one wants to wind up in an emergency room. At least not as a patient. But there’s a group of dedicated, talented, fun-loving and hard-working people who show up day in and day out to ensure that their patients have the best experience possible while in the emergency department.
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Local anesthesia may be best for infants during surgery
HealthDay News
New research suggests infants may recover better after some kinds of surgery if they receive local anesthesia — which only numbs part of the body — instead of being "knocked out" completely with general anesthesia. Young patients who had local anesthesia were less likely to suffer from disrupted breathing following hernia surgery, the study found.
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